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Old 12-31-2017, 05:24 PM   #1
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Drivers License, US Residency, and a few more questions

Hello All,

I have a growing interest in buying and making a skoolie but I have a few hurdles to figure out [for the future]

1. I am not a US Resident. How would you recommend buying the skoolie and modifying it somewhere? I am not sure how fast it can be done. I would aim for having it all done in a month if possible so I need somewhere to stay and work on it. Do you also forsee any other issues with moving to USA to live/work in a skoolie?

2. Do I need a special license to drive a schoolbus?

3. Can I become a permanent resident of my schoolbus? [sounds silly]

Thanks for all the feedback guys
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:09 PM   #2
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As a nonresident you're still allowed to drive here. Depending on what bus you choose and how in-depth of a conversion you want to do, it may take a little longer than a month. Many of us have several years into our conversions. It's good if you find a place where you can, without question, park you bus during your build process.
You don't need a special license to drive a privately owned bus. License is required if used for business.
Technically it's probably best if you don't tell any officials about your plans to live in a bus. Don't lie, especially at the DMV, but don't offer unsolicited information. Don't mention conversion to motorhome. Just register it as a private vehicle if possible. Mine is registered as a van. If you eventually convert it to a motorhome, then register it as such the next time you have to re-register. When you get closer to having a bus ask someone for specific information on how to get insurance without so much hassle.

I think you can do it. Good luck.
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:31 PM   #3
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You are here to enjoy a vacation, is all you ever need to say. As a non-resident you cannot register a vehicle in your name, so you will need a US friend to help.
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:41 PM   #4
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Maybe a bit of missing information. my long term plan is to live in the bus and work as a remote IT admin. Therefore I would become a resident of US of As.

I have not gone looking for "working from home" IT jobs yet becuase this plan is atleast 5yrs away from happening.
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The longer you wait, the more complicated it gets.

Here's an example of your idea;
http://www.skoolie.net/forums/f11/th...dom-13843.html
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Old 12-31-2017, 06:55 PM   #6
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Gotta wait. :P

I don't wanna start this adventure without atleast 20K in the bank. Since i'm an IT guy I have high technological requirements. :P
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Gotta wait. :P

I don't wanna start this adventure without atleast 20K in the bank. Since i'm an IT guy I have high technological requirements. :P
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